19th-Ranked Huskies Fall 4-3 To Hornets

April 1, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - Three third set losses cost the No. 19 Washington women's tennis team today, as they were upset, 4-3, by the Sacramento State Hornets. Reversing their usual style, the Huskies (12-6, 1-3 Pac-10) won the doubles point but struggled in singles play, only managing two wins. Four singles matches went to deciding third sets, with the Hornets pulling out three wins.

In Washington's last match against Portland, they snapped a nine match losing streak in doubles play and carried the momentum through to today. Sophomore Monika Kolbovic and freshman Tara Simpson scored a quick 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles over Roberta Fessenko and Anna Karaveyeva. The Hornets tied doubles play with an 8-3 win of their own at No. 2 doubles, but senior Dea Sumantri and junior Dinka Hadzic clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 win over Cecillia Helland and Margarita Karnaukhova at No. 1 doubles.

It was the Hornets who came out quickly in singles play, taking early leads in five of the six matches. 65th-ranked Helland played at the bottom of Sacramento State's singles line-up, and defeated Stephanie Svanfeldt, 6-1, 6-0. UW's Simpson then took care of Klara Petersson, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles to put the Huskies ahead 2-1. The final four matches would all go to a third set.

At No. 1 singles, ninth-ranked Sumantri took the first set, 6-4, over No. 28 Karnaukhova, and was serving up 4-3 and 40-15 in the second set, but Karnaukhova came back to break serve, and won five straight games from that point to win the second set and take a 3-0 third set lead. Sumantri fought back on serve but was broken again, and Karnaukhova came away with the 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win to clinch the upset. Earlier, Anna Erikson pulled out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Hadzic at second singles, winning the final two games. Freshman Allison Rainey also lost 6-4 in her third set at No. 5 singles to Sac State's Karaveyeva. The day's longest match was won by sophomore Saskia Nauenberg, who won a marathon three set match in which each set went to a tiebreak, winning the final breaker seven points to four and giving Washington its third point.

The Huskies finish off their non-conference schedule tomorrow, April 2, with a tough foe in No. 21 Tulane. The match is scheduled for a 12 noon start time and will be held at the Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Sacramento State
4/1/05 - Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
No. 44 Sacramento State 4, No. 19 Washington 3

1) Sumantri/Hadzic (UW) def. Helland/Karnaukhova (Sac St), 8-5
2) Erikson/Petersson (Sac St) def. Ahn/Nauenberg (UW), 8-3
3) Kolbovic/Simpson (UW) def. Fessenko/Karaveyeva (Sac St), 8-3

1) (28) Margarita Karnaukhova (Sac St) def. (9) Dea Sumantri (UW), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
2) Anna Erikson (Sac St) def. (43) Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
3) Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Roberta Fessenko (Sac St), 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 (4)
4) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Klara Petersson (Sac St), 6-2, 6-3
5) Anna Karaveyeva (Sac St) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
6) (65) Cecillia Helland (Sac St) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 6-1, 6-0

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